Two years ago I did something I swore I would never do….I booked my family on a Disney Cruise.
It wasn’t the Disney part that got me. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE Disney? Nope it was the cruise part. I mean aren’t the only people who cruise over the age of 50 and in it for a poorly executed buffet?
Never in my life have I been happier to be proven wrong. (I really hope my husband is reading this right now)
The idea never really occurred to me. I mean we weren’t cruise people. We were adventure people. We were “I don’t want to worry about timetable people.” And then we had kids. And after an interesting 2-week, 5-city vacation with my three year old we were left asking ourselves: Is there a better way? And then I recalled a conversation I had with a coworker years before I had kids. He told me that he and his wife started to cruise with kids because 1) The ship took you everywhere you needed to go, 2) there was no packing and unpacking, and repacking to move from city to city, and 3) kids clubs and kid activities gave parents the opportunity to actually relax.
To be honest it was #3 that really sold me. I love my kids, but sometimes I need a vacation from my vacation.
So we booked it. And to be honest I’m not sure we will travel any other way until our kids get much, much older.
My daughter LOVED it. For those that don’t know us, she was born with a brain deformity that presents similar to mild cerebral palsy. She has a developmental delay, trouble walking, trouble communicating, etc. I was SUPER nervous leaving her in a strange kids club, with strange people. It was for this reason that we chose to go with Disney. Who else has a better reputation with families and the special needs community? You guys, all my fears were completely dissuaded within the first 10 minutes of visiting the clubs open house. The staff was incredible. Kind. Accommodating. And for 9 days I could barely pull her out of the club.
Cruising with Disney gave us the best of both worlds! We got to visit beautiful places and see incredible things all while my daughter made incredible memories and got the BEST of Disney without all that waiting-in-line-for-rides nonsense.
Are you on the fence about a Disney Cruise or causing with your family? Watch our blog for more of our own personal experiences cruising with Disney and why you should book a cruise for your family for your next vacation!